Snitch

Snitch

Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal

     
 

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A desperate father infiltrates a powerful drug cartel in order to save his son from a 10-year prison sentence in this crime drama based on actual events. Arrested on charges of drug distribution after he's caught with a package of Ecstasy, 18-year-old Jason Collins (Rafi Gavron) faces a mandatory ten-year sentence in a federal prison. ButSee more details below

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A desperate father infiltrates a powerful drug cartel in order to save his son from a 10-year prison sentence in this crime drama based on actual events. Arrested on charges of drug distribution after he's caught with a package of Ecstasy, 18-year-old Jason Collins (Rafi Gavron) faces a mandatory ten-year sentence in a federal prison. But Jason's father John (Dwayne Johnson) knows that his son is no drug dealer, and vows to do whatever it takes to win back his freedom. When Jason refuses an offer to reduce his sentence by setting someone up to take a big fall, John pleads with U.S. Attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) to let him go undercover, and gather enough evidence to convict the real power players. With the help of ex-con-turned-family man Daniel (Jon Bernthal), John is hot on the trail of Malik (Michael Kenneth Williams), a vicious drug dealer and the leader of a notorious street gang. Meanwhile, in his efforts to free his son, John may have inadvertently put Daniel's family in jeopardy. Later, when the growing trail of clues leads John to ruthless cartel leader Juan Carlos "El Topo" Pintera (Benjamin Bratt), the loyal father vows not to let his fate be dictated by the ambitious powers that be on either side of the law. Barry Pepper also stars.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
If the trailers for Snitch could be trusted, we're to gather that Dwayne Johnson single-handedly takes on one of Mexico's most powerful drug cartels in a desperate bid to get his son out of prison. It's the perfect setup for a typical action film in which gun clips somehow hold infinite ammo and bad guys are dispatched by the dozen as our bloodied, battered hero steadily works his way through the ranks until barely surviving the final showdown (see: Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand). Even a casual glance at director Ric Roman Waugh's extensive credits as a stuntman (he's worked for such greats as Tony Scott, John McTiernan, James Cameron, and Steven Spielberg, to name a few) may only serve to hasten our dismissal of Snitch as another by-the-numbers popcorn flick for overgrown adolescents. What neither of these observations do, in any way, is prepare you for the blindsiding to come. A desperate father infiltrates a powerful drug cartel in order to save his son from a prison sentence in this crime drama based on actual events. Arrested on charges of drug distribution after he's caught with a package of Ecstasy, 18-year-old Jason Collins (Rafi Gavron) faces a mandatory ten-year sentence in a federal prison. But Jason's father John (Johnson) knows that his son is no drug dealer, and vows to do whatever it takes to win back his freedom. When Jason refuses an offer to reduce his sentence by setting someone else up to take a big fall, John pleads with U.S. Attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) to let him go undercover and gather enough evidence to convict the real power players. With the help of ex-con-turned-family man Daniel (Jon Bernthal), John is hot on the trail of Malik (Michael Kenneth Williams), a vicious drug dealer and the leader of a notorious street gang. But in his efforts to free his son, John finds that he may have inadvertently put Daniel's family in jeopardy. Later, when the growing trail of clues leads John to ruthless cartel leader Juan Carlos "El Topo" Pintera (Benjamin Bratt), the loyal father vows not to let his fate be dictated by the ambitious powers that be on either side of the law. Call it a bait and switch or just good-old-fashioned incompetent advertising, but precious few who head out to the multiplex to see Snitch are likely to have any indication of what's in store for them when the lights go down. While those expecting a nonstop shoot-'em-up are bound to walk away disappointed, others who can recognize the film for what it truly is -- a thinly veiled condemnation of the failed War on Drugs -- might see this competent crime drama as a breath of fresh air. Together with Revolutionary Road scribe Justin Haythe, director/co-screenwriter Waugh paints a troubling portrait of failed government policies and the devastating collateral damage that occurs when opportunistic politicians cling to them as a means of advancing their careers. Although subtlety is hardly the point here (as evidenced primarily in Sarandon's shark-smile performance), Haythe and Waugh do manage to raise some thought-provoking questions about the system's flaws as John and Daniel weigh the consequences of their actions. All the while, the dynamic between the two men holds us captivated not only because both are fathers determined to do right by their sons, but also due to the former's naiveté regarding the world that the latter is waging a losing battle to escape. Given the intimate scale that Snitch operates on, the movie may seem insignificant when compared to the brand of sprawling crime dramas in which the fate of a major city, or even an entire country, hinges on the outcome of some dangerous investigation involving all manner of covert government organizations. Step back and consider how many families have been -- and are still being -- torn apart by antiquated policies that have been proven time and again to have a detrimental effect on society, however, and the true scope of the tragedy becomes almost too overwhelming to bear. Kudos to Haythe and Waugh for not only breaking the mold, but actually delivering a film of true substance about a topic that affects countless more than just the convicted. It may not mean much in terms of action, but what Snitch lacks in explosions, it more than makes up for by delivering a message that needs to be heard.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2013
UPC:
0025192190612
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Summit Inc/Lionsgate
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
21,307

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dwayne Johnson John Matthews
Barry Pepper Agent Cooper
Jon Bernthal Daniel Cruz
Susan Sarandon Joanne Keeghan
Michael Kenneth Williams Malik
Rafi Gavron Jason Collins
Melina Kanakaredes Sylvie
Nadine Velazquez Analisa
Benjamin Bratt Juan Carlos "El Topo" Pintera
Lela Loren Vanessa
J.D. Pardo Benicio
David Harbour Jay Price
Harold Perrineau Jeffery Steele
Kyara Campos Isabelle Matthews
James Allen McCune Craig
Tanya Ballinger Party Mom
Ashlynn Ross Amanda
Spencer Miller Anthony
Jayson Floyd Agent Thompson
Ben Blankenship Agent Torres
Kym Jackson Agent Sims
Tyler Grey Team Leader
Jason Douglas Wayne
Darnell Gerard Trotter Bones
Tim Smith Lazy
Shun Hagins Heavy Gangster
Dother Sykes Street Dealer
Doris Morgado Female Guard
Carrie Lazar Keeghan's Assistant
Richard Cabral Flaco
Jaime Medeles Gangbanger #1
Odessa Sykes Sheriff's Clerk
Douglas M. Griffin Bailiff
Kerry Cahill Jane Kemp
Sharon London Judge
Dane Rhodes Police Officer
Edrick Browne Shipping Guy
Judd Derek Lormand Paramedic
Joe Nemmers Terry Green

Technical Credits
Ric Roman Waugh Director,Screenwriter
Kimberly J. Adams Costumes/Costume Designer
Kimberly Adams-Galligan Costumes/Costume Designer
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda Makeup
Tobin Armbrust Producer
Kami Asgar Sound/Sound Designer
Alexander Brunner Producer
Jonathan Chibnall Editor
Benjamin Cook Sound/Sound Designer
Christopher Duskin Camera Operator
Guy East Executive Producer
David Fanning Executive Producer
Robert Foster Camera Operator
Bobby Foster Camera Operator
Dany Garcia Producer
Walter Gasparovic Asst. Director
Dana W. Gonzales Cinematographer
Lindsay Graham Casting
Geoff Haley Camera Operator
Justin Haythe Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Matt Jackson Producer
Dwayne Johnson Producer
Laura Katz Musical Direction/Supervision
Jonathan King Producer
Joe Lemmon Art Director
Jillian Longnecker Co-producer
Antonio Pinto Score Composer
Vincent Reynaud Production Designer
Will Riley Sound Editor
Andy Ross Musical Direction/Supervision
Yolanda Sheridan Makeup
Nigel Sinclair Producer
Jeff Skoll Executive Producer
Becki Cross Trujillo Executive Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting

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Priviliged Information: The Making of Snitch; Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Ric Roman Waugh and Editor Jonathan Chibnall; ; Deleted Scenes; Theatrical Trailer

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